OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE As many as 559 persons have been tested positive for Dengue fever from across the province on Tuesday and out of these 499 are from Lahore. As such, total dengue patients have reached 4327 this year and out of these 3925 have been reported from the provincial metropolis. Out of 499 fresh cases in Lahore, 389 were admitted to different public sector and private hospitals for treatment while the remaining were sent home after giving necessary guidance and medicine. According to the officials, 11-member Sri Lankan team comprising epidemiologists and public health experts is reaching Lahore on Wednesday (today) for providing technical assistance and guidance to combat the menace of Dengue fever in an effective manner. Briefing the newsmen at KEMU, Secretary Health Punjab Muhammad Jehanzaib Khan said the administration of all government hospitals in Lahore have been directed to expand the existing dengue isolation wards to meet future requirements. Commissioner Lahore Jawad Rafique Malik,MPAs Kh Imran Nazir and Kh Salman Rafique, VC KEMU Prof Asad Aslam Khan, DG Health Punjab Dr Aslam Ch, Prof Faisal Masood SIMS, Prof Basharat KEMU, MS Mayo Hospital Dr Zahid Pervaiz and other officers were also present. Jehanzeb Khan informed that a meeting was held with the administration of private medical colleges and they agreed to join hands with the government. He further said that medical students of these colleges would actively participate in community social work at town level and go from door to door to raise public awareness regarding dengue fever. He further said that a system has been evolved to transport the attendant and the donor to institute of blood transfusion for obtaining platelets. He disclosed that the concerned hospital would provide transport to these persons to the institution and way back. He further said that one hundred medicated mosquito nets have been provided to each hospital for dengue patients. Kh Salman Rafique and Kh Imran Nazir said that fumigation and anti-mosquito spray was being carried out at union council level in double shifts. They said that the members of town response committees were regularly visiting the hospitals to review arrangements. Commissioner Lahore Jawad Rafique informed that handbills would be dropped from aeroplane in Lahore to raise awareness regarding the dengue fever. Prof Faisal Masood and Prof Basharat observed that there were so many diseases due to which haemorrhage tendency occurred in human body, therefore, every death could not be declared as death of dengue fever. They advised that the people suffering from blood pressure, sugar and liver diseases should be more conscious about dengue fever. Meanwhile, Environmental Protection Department has set up a free dengue diagnostic camp at Lahore Hockey Stadium. The camp will remain open on Sunday as well. Secretary Environment Sajjad Saleem Hotiana said that the Department would prove to be a role model for other departments. In another development, Prof Dr. Javed Asghar, after a meeting with Commissioner Lahore Division has announced that number of beds for dengue patients has been increased in Doctors Hospital with providing free of cost diagnostic for Out Door Patients, first aid and blood tests facilities. Prof. Asghar told the Commissioner that free ambulance service has also been provided by different hospitals for shifting of serious dengue patients in special dengue wards of such hospitals. Meanwhile, the Lahore Cantonment Board has issued warning notices to the owners of the empty plots directing them to remove heaps of garbage from such plots in three days and start spraying insecticides in such plots. Heaps of garbage and stagnant rainwater in empty plots are the major source of dengue mosquito growth, said Acting Chairman Emergency Response Committee Yasin Mohal MPA while addressing a meeting of Cantonment Board.